OUR STORY
BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Baby Bundles was born from heartbreak, started by Emily Harry, Heather Leavitt and Cat Long to help other mothers while honoring the children the three of them never got to love and raise.

Emily and Cat each delivered a child who was stillborn. Heather delivered two who were stillborn, and a third who died an hour after she was born. The world never had the honor of getting to know Low, Catherine, Joseph, Sarah and Mary. Baby Bundles has become their tender legacy – “A gift from our little angels,” Heather says.

Baby Bundles provides a bag full of necessities – baby outfits, blankets and the like – to mothers in need as they leave the hospital with their newborn. The contents of each bag are worth about $125, helping families begin parenthood on the right foot. Since starting in 2010, Baby Bundles has delivered bags to families in and around Charlotte through partnering with Presbyterian Hospital, Nurse-Family Partnership, the Charlotte Ronald McDonald House and Crisis Assistance Ministry.

Baby Bundles offers opportunities to get involved: Volunteers for the Build a Bundle Program and the Warehouse are always needed.

Take a few moments to explore the Baby Bundles website. Learn how you can help give precious newborns the welcome they deserve, while celebrating the too-brief lives of five little angels.

Emily W. Harry
Baby Bundles Co-founder

Heather Leavitt
Baby Bundles Co-founder

Cat Long
Baby Bundles Co-founder

Jennifer Bryson
Community Volunteer
Board Chair

Lucy DesPortes
Charlotte Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Associates
Board Secretary

Kiala Felder
Duke Energy
Board Treasurer

Ken Garfield
Myers Park United Methodist Church

Matt Holcombe
Christ Church

Chris Nobili
Wells Fargo

Curtis Perry
Community Volunteer

Jewel Warlick
Community Volunteer

Rebecca Grant
Executive Director

OUR FOUNDERS
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Emily Wardlaw Harry

Emily grew up in Charlotte and graduated from West Charlotte High School.  She received her BA from UNC Chapel Hill and worked for First Union/Wachovia/Wells Fargo for 13 years before staying home with her children.  Emily has been actively involved with Christ Church Kindergarten serving as Board of Directors Chair and Christ Episcopal Church.  She and her husband, David, have twin daughters together.

Cat Averett Long

Cat graduated from Broughton High School in Raleigh, N.C. and received her BA from Wake Forest University.  She has lived in Charlotte for the last 20 years with a diverse career as a media buyer, elementary school program director with Junior Achievement and a pharmaceutical sales rep.  Cat was a volunteer and sat on the board of directors for Girls on the Run, is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Charlotte and is involved at Myers Park United Methodist Church and The Children’s Circle Preschool.  She and her husband Darryl have four children together.

Heather Nivens Leavitt

Heather graduated from Myers Park High School and received her BA from UNC Chapel Hill before a 10-year career with MCI/WorldCom/Verizon where she provided support for Fortune 500 clients.  Throughout the years, Heather has served as a volunteer at St. Gabriel’s Catholic School, St. Patrick’s Catholic School and Kindermourn. She married her high school sweetheart, Charley Leavitt – also a Charlotte native- and they have three children together.

IN MEMORY OF

Baby Bundles was founded in honor of very special angels who are our children in heaven. While they were not with us for long, they left a legacy of love and hope and it is with this mission that Baby Bundles was founded in their honor.

Our little angels are:

David Lowrance Harry IV

Joseph Nivens Leavitt

Mary Nivens Leavitt

Sarah Nivens Leavitt

Catherine Morrissette Long